In an effort to keep moving forward with their environmental protection efforts, The Walt Disney Company announced Thursday it is going to eliminate all single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at its locations across the world by mid-2019, a reduction of more than 175 million straws and 13 million plastic stirrers each year.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom banned plastic straws and cup lids from the time it opened in 1998. Since the Creature Comfort Starbucks store at DAK opened in 2015, the drink straws offered to guests are made of rolled paper.
Disney is also transitioning from individual in-room amenities to refillable in-room amenities in its resort hotels and Disney Cruise Line ships. The refillable shampoo and conditioner bottles will reduce 80 percent of plastic from guest rooms.
Along with these moves, Disney is reducing the amount of plastic shopping bags in its stores. Reusable shopping bags are being offered for a small fee.
“Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products. “These new global efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, and advance our long-term sustainability goals.”
Walt Disney World is joining Starbucks, American Airlines, Marriott, the cities of Seattle and San Francisco, and other cities by announcing a ban on plastic straws.
Starbucks will do away with plastic straws by 2020, a plan aimed at eliminating more than one billion straws a year.
McDonald’s launched a new set of goals earlier this year: by 2025 all restaurants packaging, including straws, will be from renewable, recycled, or certified sustainable sources.
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